bootleg

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noun

boot·​leg ˈbüt-ˌleg How to pronounce bootleg (audio)
-ˌlāg
1
: the upper part of a boot
2
: something bootlegged: such as
a
b
: an unauthorized audio or video recording
3
: a football play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, hides the ball against his hip, and rolls out compare draw entry 2 sense 8
bootleg adjective

bootleg

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verb

bootlegged; bootlegging; bootlegs

transitive verb

1
a
: to carry (alcoholic liquor) on one's person illegally
b
: to manufacture, sell, or transport for sale (alcoholic liquor) illegally
2
a
: to produce, reproduce, or distribute illicitly or without authorization
b

intransitive verb

1
: to engage in bootlegging
2
: to run a bootleg play in football

Examples of bootleg in a Sentence

Noun She was arrested for selling bootlegs online. getting caught with bootleg during Prohibition could have resulted in a jail sentence Verb He bootlegged the show and gave copies to several friends.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
That being said, to clear any misunderstanding and set the record straight, rabbit OS and LAM run on the cloud with very bespoke AOSP and lower level firmware modifications, therefore a local bootleg APK without the proper OS and Cloud endpoints won’t be able to access our service. Kyle Bar / Gizmodo, Quartz, 1 May 2024 The underwhelming numbers were partly due to the album’s pre-Internet bootleg leak, which led to the album’s premature circulation. Earl Hopkins, SPIN, 19 Apr. 2024 For more Genesis magic, check out the widely available soundboard bootleg recorded in Zurich on July 2, 1977. Ernesto Lechner, SPIN, 11 Apr. 2024 The series, about a lovable ogre (Mike Myers) who is forced to save a princess (Cameron Diaz) from a locked tower, has spawned two spinoffs, three sequels, a musical adaptation, a Universal Studios ride, a bootleg internet reboot, and countless horny memes. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2024 These were often bootlegs, copied from foreign home-video releases or tapes that his employees procured at film festivals, and Kim faced persistent legal troubles as a result. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 10 Apr. 2024 The flagship establishment on the Lower East Side, Mondo Kim’s, housed 55,000 titles, including bootleg copies of films otherwise unavailable in the U.S. and a plethora of obscure DIY projects. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Some influencers in the trade promote bootleg copies of self-help books, like Morgan Housel’s The Psychology of Money. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, 10 Mar. 2024 That dynamic is even more acute with Dell or the factory employees like Rodney and Kimberly, who were smuggling CDs and sometimes selling bootlegs to their friends in town. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 3 Apr. 2024
Verb
The essay topics include Cher, Madonna, and Whitney Houston, as well as Cat Power bootlegs, an obscure Hop Along CD-R, and a perfect Kim Gordon playlist of two songs designed to be heard on a loop. Owen Myers, Pitchfork, 29 Feb. 2024 With a dual tape deck recorder, a duplicate copy of any cassette can be copied onto a blank tape, allowing for commercial recordings to be easily shared and bootlegged. John Morrison, SPIN, 13 Feb. 2024 The faithful will remember that the rapper promised a concept double-album by this name, only pull it back, possibly in pique, after a version of it got leaked and bootlegged. Chris Willman, Variety, 24 Nov. 2023 Sonic Youth have announced a new reissue of Walls Have Ears, their 2xLP live album that was recorded in 1985 and bootlegged the next year. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 5 Dec. 2023 Twenty years later, in 1995, Stipe was on a yearlong world tour with that band and found himself at a bar in Spain drinking bootlegged absinthe. Jon Mooallem, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2023 That makes the system much more sensitive, like recording a concert with multiple microphones, instead of one fan in the crowd bootlegging it with their smartphone. Matt Simon, WIRED, 30 Nov. 2023 Though demos of Waits’s Alice score were bootlegged for a decade after a CD was stolen from his car, the songs didn’t see proper release as an album until 2002. Al Shipley, Spin, 3 Oct. 2023 Whether broadcast or bootlegged, Wild Style served as an introduction for kids around the world to a thriving, dynamic newfound American counterculture. Vulture, 15 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

boot entry 3 + leg entry 1

Verb

derivative of bootleg entry 1, from the concealment of a flask of liquor in the leg of a boot

First Known Use

Noun

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1898, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bootleg was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Bootleg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bootleg. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bootleg

1 of 2 verb
boot·​leg -ˌleg How to pronounce bootleg (audio)
bootlegged; bootlegging
1
: to make, transport, or sell alcoholic liquor illegally
2
a
: to produce or sell illegally or without permission
bootlegged recordings
bootlegger noun

bootleg

2 of 2 noun
: something bootlegged
especially : moonshine sense 3
bootleg adjective

Legal Definition

bootleg

1 of 2 noun
boot·​leg
: something bootlegged
bootleg adjective

bootleg

2 of 2 verb
bootlegged; bootlegging

transitive verb

1
: to produce, reproduce, or distribute without authorization or license
2
: smuggle compare pirate

intransitive verb

: to engage in bootlegging
bootlegger noun

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